September 16, 2011
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved a deal between Gov. Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that turns wolf management over to the state. Under the agreement hammered out this summer, Wyoming would classify wolves as unprotected predators that could be shot on sight in most areas.
In a flexible trophy game zone in the northwestern corner of Wyoming around Yellowstone National Park, wolves would be classified as game animals, only subject to being killed by licensed hunters. The plan would require Wyoming to maintain at least 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves outside the park.
Steve Ferrell, wildlife and endangered species policy adviser to Mead, said the Interior Department plans to publish a draft delisting rule in early October.
The plan still needs approval of the Wyoming Legislature.
Reprinted in part from PAC/West